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be the inspiration gala

Saturday, March 23, 2024

You're invited to our Be the Inspiration Gala, presented by Warner Bros. Discovery.

Join us for an inspiring and exciting evening with all proceeds supporting year-round leadership development and career exploration programs for high school students across the state, while also providing $11,000 in scholarships to the 21 students recognized with the Georgia Youth Leadership Award

Saturday, March 23, 2024 6:00pm at Savanna Hall at Zoo Atlanta

Event Leadership
Co-Chairs & 21CL Board of Directors
Mari Sifo, Host Hotels & Resorts
Chi Nguyen Swallow, Insight Global



View the recap video of our 2024 gala, which raised over $215,000 in support of our year-round youth leadership development programs, which come at little to no cost to students. 

Thank You to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Entertainment Sponsors

Friends of 21CL Sponsors

You Inspiring Students + Students Inspiring You

There is no age requirement for leadership, which is exactly why we take the time to honor our students demonstrating leadership today. What makes our Be the Inspiration Gala so special is that we select 21 of our students, who have been inspired through our program, to be recognized with the Georgia Youth Leadership Awards (GYLA). All nominations are reviewed each year by our GYLA Selection Committee, comprised of recognized business and community leaders.

Once selected, the student awardees are paired with a Coach, a business professional, to mentor them through the award season where they will help present their award and their monetary scholarship at the Be the Inspiration Gala.

Congratulations to the 2024 Georgia Youth Leadership Award Winners

Group photo of the 2024 Georgia Youth Leadership Award winners and their coaches, taken Feb. 10, 2024 at their Meet & Greet luncheon in at Emory's Goizueta Business School.
  1. Jordan Adeyemi, Phillips Exeter Academy, Gwinnett County
  2. Aditi Ashok, South Forsyth High School, Forsyth County
  3. Prateek Doddla, Chattahoochee High School, Fulton County
  4. Shiv Garg, Innovation Academy, Fulton County
  5. Joshua Girgis, Montessori School of Rome, Floyd County
  6. Melanie Harper, Marist School, Fulton County
  7. Christian Hooks, Grayson High School, Gwinnett County
  8. Humza Iqbal, Parkview High School, Gwinnett County
  9. Diana Jachman, Midtown High School, Fulton County
  10. Hannah-Lisa Jones, Johnson Ferry Christian Academy, Fulton County
  11. Anshuman (AK) Khadanga, Lakeside High School (Evans), Columbia County
  12. Hannah Lang, Georgia Cyber Academy, Walton County
  13. Akanksha Manna, Campbell High School, Cobb County
  14. Maya Matthews, Westlake High School, Fulton County
  15. Olaoluwa Oguneye, Decatur High School, DeKalb County
  16. Abigail Rong, Denmark High School, Forsyth County
  17. Dhahami Salgado, Emanuel County Institute, Emanuel County
  18. Rhea Shah, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology, Gwinnett County
  19. Ishita Sukul, Johns Creek High School, Fulton County
  20. Zarina Wang, Lambert High School, Forsyth County
  21. Ivy Yang, Alpharetta High School, Fulton County

2024 Digital Program

Check out the event program where you can read the bios of our 21 student Georgia Youth Leadership Awardees, see our alumni and student vendor spotlights, and take a look at the inspiring supporters and program impact of 21st Century Leaders.

Meet the Coaches & Selection Committee

Thank you to our 22-member Selection Committee and 21 volunteer coaches for supporting the 2024 student awardees with recognition and guidance.

2024 GYLA Coaches

Sam Aguilar, Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America*

Monique Bell, Bobby Dodd Institute*

Maranie Brown, BlackRock, 21CL Board of Directors*

Greg Clay, City of Atlanta, 21CL Alumnus*

Whitney Deal Marshall, Whitney Marshall Coaching*

Alex Ebanks, Essence

Chandra Farley, City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Resilience*

David Felfoldi, SHERPA Global*

Marty Fleischmann, All Electric Racing Organization (AERO), 21CL Board of Directors*

TreVorski Garrett, Cox

Taylor Green, IBM, 21CL Alumna

JP James, Libreum International, 21CL Board of Directors

Kelly Lee, Atlanta DREAM*

Clarke LeGrand, Cobb Medical Center (Wellstar)

Brandon Morgan, Iconic Orthodontics, 21CL Alumnus*

Christian Murphy, Wellspring Living*

Michael Quigley, QVH Media*

Taunia Nkromo-Stevenson, Warner Bros. Discovery

Angela Williams, AMBSE*

Thurman Williams, Community Volunteer, Coca-Cola Alumni*

Anqi Zou, Truist, 21CL Board of Directors*

*Coaches who also served on the Selection Committee

Georgia Youth Leadership Awards Selection Committee

All nominations were reviewed by our 22-member GYLA Selection Committee, comprised of  21CL corporate volunteers, 21CL Board of Directors, and 21CL alumni and student peers. Committee members included the coaches indicated above, along with Arjun Chowdri, Hagerty, 21CL Board of Directors; Cam Henson, Citibank, 21CL Alumni Board; Asher Jones, MarketSource, 21CL Alumni Board; Felicia McDade, Engie; Patrick Solomon, The Collective 180, 21CL Advisory Council; Kristopher Williams, Warner Bros. Discovery; and Raveena Ali, 21CL member, Youth Ambassador and 2023 GYLA Student Recipient.